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Eye Cups

One of the fans on the Kerberos forums brought up an interesting topic today: “What’s your favorite good luck charm?” As an archaeologist and anthropologist, this is an incredibly tough question. I find fetishes, amulets and apotropaic objects REALLY fascinating, … Continue reading

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The Evelyn Tables

    Found a brief article today which included rare photos of The Evelyn Tables, which are thought to be the earliest known anatomical preparations in Europe. Each table is a wooden board, large enough to be a bit greater than … Continue reading

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Maps of the North

I’ve been working lately on a story for a famous tabletop gaming franchise, which includes a detailed Arctic/”People of the North” setting. There’s always a bit of ethnographic research that goes into any story I write, especially if it which involves … Continue reading

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Edward Curtis, Ethno-photographer

Great photo-essay on Mashable, on the photography of Edward S. Curtis, the American photographer who spent twenty years from 1904 to 1924 engaged in documenting the lives and material culture of the First Nations people of the USA. Included in … Continue reading

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Five Decades

  Pablo Neruda was in the news again recently, as the press has begun to openly speculate that he was murdered. Accordingly I decided to re-publish this old review, as it still represents both my feelings on his life and … Continue reading

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The Sea Organ

Filed under “beautiful and strange”, the photo above is an image of the Sea Organ in Croatia, an architectural wonder which allows the tidal rhythms of the Adriatic Sea to create music. Carved into the steps of this 230-foot long … Continue reading

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The Wara

Places to go: Niigata Prefecture, Japan! In September and October, this is where you can go to see the amazing sculptures made from rice straw during the wara, or rice straw festival, which takes place every year on August 31st. … Continue reading

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A Kingdom of Daughters

A brief but lovely little article from the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, talking about modern-day Cultural Tourism and historical Cultural Genocide of the Mosuo people in mainland China. I found it particularly interesting to hear a … Continue reading

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Bird Sounds Visualized

A beautiful experiment featuring recorded bird calls, which are then fed into a computer which transforms them into particle effects. The resulting explosions of light, shape, and color are as startling and lovely as a wild bird that suddenly lands … Continue reading

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How We Appear to Others

Interesting article with some key illustrations on Blaschko’s Lines, a pattern of invisible stripes which mark all human skin. These are naturally occurring growth rings which appear on every human body, and can be made visible to us under ultraviolet light. … Continue reading

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